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how to make raspberry red jam

Homemade Raspberry Jam

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1.5 pints 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: American


This two ingredient homemade raspberry jam tastes incredible. With a dash of rosewater it has everyone guessing and wanting more. But even without everyone wants seconds!


Units Scale

2 pints fresh, rinsed raspberries

12 ounces sugar or 1 2/3 cups

1/2 to 3/4 t rosewater


Put raspberries in a heavy, deep pot.

Heat on medium heat until raspberries start to break up. There should be enough water still on the berries from the rinsing. Mash a little or stir with a fork to help break up, but this only takes about 5-10 minutes for berries to soften. Don’t overcook the berries at this point because then you will lose the beautiful red color.

Stir in sugar. Heat until boiling. Once mixture reaches a rolling boil, set timer for 5 minutes. (The set point on a thermometer for jam is about 220 degrees, which means in Denver it is about 210. Not that this matters, because 5 minutes is what it took. But if you want the hard core facts, well, now you know.)

Take off heat and stir in rosewater if desired. Pour into a clean jam jar and let sit opened until jam cools. This should take roughly two hours to gel up.


Raspberry Jam will keep in a jar in the fridge for months. And please, do not ask me about canning or sterilizing or such matters, because this is all I know!

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